The Opening: TOP 10 SKILL (OFFENSE)

As is always the case, there was a ton of talent at The Opening last week. Here's our look at the top 10 'skill position' players based on how they performed over the three day event.

Blake Barnett - QB - San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills

Barnett led his team to the 7v7 Championship showing why he has so much upside. While other quarterbacks tired after a long week that include three days at the Elite 11 before The Opening started, Barnett's arm was strong throughout. He led his team efficiently, made the right decisions with the football and was deserving of his Elite 11 MVP honor.

Deon Cain - WR - Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Bay Tech

Cain looks and plays bigger than the 6-foot-1 he measured in at. Watching him running routes and making plays at receiver, you never would have been able to tell Cain played predominately at quarterback last season. He's a strong, physical kid, a natural athlete and a big time play maker.

Trent Irwin - WR - Newhall (Calif.) Hart

Irwin has been lighting up defenses out West since he was a freshman and showed on a national stage that he can get open against anyone. Irwin has good size at 6-foot-2, runs better than given credit for, is one of the most advanced route runners you'll see and has incredible hands.

Sotonye Jamabo - RB - Plano (Texas) Plano West

Jamabo is a big back and at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, has the versatility to play multiple positions at the next level. He showed very good hands out of the backfield and surprising agility for a player his size. He can make you miss in the open field and has very good speed as well.

Tyron Johnson - WR - New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton

Johnson was the go to guy for the surprising Land Sharks team that rallied all way to the Finals after losing their first four games of the event. He's a smooth, 6-foot-1, 185 pound athlete who understands how to get open, showed sticky hands and the ability to jump over defensive backs.

Christian Kirk - WR - Saguaro (Ariz.)

Kirk was one of the most explosive players in the camp. He was able to stretch the field and get deep and is great after the catch. Kirk has the ability to beat a corner deep but can also catch a short hitch, make two or three guys miss and take it to the house.

Ray-Ray McCloud - ATH - Tampa (Fla.) Sickles

There isn't much McCloud can't do on a football field. He's able to play running back, receiver or corner in college but did his damage at receiver in Oregon. He's a fluid athlete with big play ability and the game comes easy for him. Like Kirk, he's a true home run threat from anywhere on the field.

Kirk Merritt - WR - Destrehan (La.)

It was a great week for Merritt as he started off The Opening winning the SPARQ Rating National Championship with a ridiculous 147.60 score and then dominated on the field as well. He has a nice combination of size, speed and athleticism could play multiple positions at the next level.

Calvin Ridley - WR - Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch

If there was an overall offensive MVP, it would have gone to Ridley. In fact, Ridley was the only unanimous selection to the list and should be on the short list when discussing the top overall receiver in the country. He has an athletic frame, very good speed and catches the ball as well as anyone.

Auden Tate - TE - Tampa (Fla.) Wharton

At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Tate has a wide receiver frame but lined up at tight end and was n impossible cover for opposing linebackers. Tate is a tremendous athlete who can get down the field and make plays and will be a brutal red zone match up the second he steps foot on a college campus.

Honorable Mention: Here's a few other players we liked a lot who just missed the cut. You'll notice several quarterbacks on the list as it was an overall solid group and there was very little separating any of them.


Drew Lock, Josh Rosen, Jarrett Stidham, Ricky Town

Wide Receivers:

K.J. Hill, C.J. Sanders

Tight End:

C.J. Conrad


Terry Godwin

Brian Dohn, John Garcia, Brandon Huffman, Scott Kennedy, Jamie Newberg, Greg Powers, Chad Simmons and Allen Trieu contributed to this feature.

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